Monday, September 3, 2012

Confessions of an Angry Girl Review

Author: Louise Rozett
Release date: August 28, 2012

Pages: 304

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

How I got it: For review from Netgalley
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some CONFESSIONS to make... # 
1: I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you? 
#2: I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who "might" be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine. 
#3: High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry-get it?) 
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable. 
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.) (Sorry. That was rude.)
With an honest voice and outlook on what it's like to grow up, I found Confessions of an Angry Girl to be an interesting contemporary with a lot going for it.

It is impossible not to connect with Rosie. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her and scream, "STOP. THERE IS A BETTER WAY," but even then I wanted to be her friend. Actually, she sometimes reminded me of a younger Ruby Oliver, not in Ruby's quirky way but in the overall voice and trouble fitting in. I love Ruby, so that was awesome.

Sadly I didn't see any appeal in the small cast of side characters. Jamie seemed kind of like a young Matthew McConaughey to me that they both seemed kind of greasy and underwhelming; Robert seemed like he meant well but was a little too whiny and clingy; Tracy seemed like she could've been a decent person but the bad things she did overshadowed that and left me indifferent towards her.

But once I got into the story--which did take me a little while--it totally made up for that. About halfway through I found myself fully immersed in the plot and nervous about what evil Regina would do to poor Rosie next. I really ended up enjoying Confessions of an Angry Girl and kind of want to shove it in the hands of every girl starting high school this year.

Plot: Not highly original, and it was slow to start, but once I got into it I liked it.
Characters: Loved Rosie, but I was kind of indifferent towards everyone else.
Writing: Pretty good. Loved all the music references.
Ending: Didn't love it, but the fact that there will be a sequel (yay!) made up for that.
Mature content: There was swearing, and mentions of sex (but no actual sex scenes, and lots of talk of how to practice safe sex).
Um, I do not wish to talk to you just now.
Like I said, it took me a little while to get into this one, but once I did it had my full attention. I can't wait to read Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, because I think this series will only get better.


  1. I really want to read this! I keep seeing such postitive reviews for it. Thanks for sharing your thoughs - I'm glad you enjoyed it, even though it took you a while to get into it :)

  2. Yay I bought this yesterday! Can't wait to start it... I didnt know it was a series though!

  3. I hadn't heard of this book, but the premise is really intriguing. I'm going to have to add it to my to read list.

  4. So if I hadn't already read this, the fact that you said Rose was similar to Ruby would have me rushing out to buy this! I think you're right, the voice is similar.

    And I also agree about the secondary characters, Trace was a crapola best friends, Robert needed to stop being so clingy and look out for himself and James - I just didn't get WHY she even liked him?

    Great review, hun!

  5. Loving the breakdown you have going at the bottom. I enjoy seeing those breakdowns but I would be hard pressed to come up with a way to rate all those parts. ;) Proud of you!

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